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On Tuesday, a group of 35 Syrian volunteers -- 13 of whom eventually lost their lives -- took part in a rescue operation to smuggle two foreign journalists, British photographer Paul Conroy and French reporter Edith Bouvier, out of the besieged city of Homs.

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By virtue of their presence, and then by putting words and pictures to what they hear and see, journalists working in conflict zones practice the highest ideals of the profession and are able to not only recount events that have already happened but can also potentially affect future outcomes. That's also what makes them targets.This week, we salute war correspondent Marie Colvin and photojournalist Rémi Ochlik, both killed in Syria on Feb. 22, for representing and practicing the highest ideals of their profession.

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